Can your voice tell people you are sick?

Can your voice tell people you are sick?

Imagine talking into an app that records your voice and being told what disease you may have.

Researchers are studying whether a person’s voice characteristics can be analysed by machines to diagnose disease.

Beyond Verbal is an Israeli company that analyses people’s voices for emotions‚ and its patented software can tell a person or a listener what mood they are in. The software looks for 90 different markers in the voice that can show loneliness‚ anger and even being in love.

Call centres use Beyond Verbal technology to hear when customers on the line are angry or may be in the right mood to be ready to be offered a product for sale.

But the company now has preliminary evidence that diseases may be detected in the voice‚ even while not audible to the human ear.

“It’s the very early stages of the idea. We are still checking it‚” said the director of Beyond Verbal Health Research‚ Dr Daniella Perry.

Beyond Verbal teamed up with the Mayo Clinic‚ a medical research and hospital group in the US‚ and analysed 88 English-speaking patients who had coronary artery disease and had angiograms‚ which showed their arteries were blocked.

It also analysed these patients’ voices‚ those of nine people undergoing other tests and of 21 people who were healthy. Beyond Verbal recently announced it had found a distinguishing factor in the voice‚ only identifiable by its software‚ which showed when a person was 19 times more likely to have heart disease.

“It’s a very early finding but very significant‚” said Bianca Meger‚ showcasing the research at the Med in Israel conference.

The same study is now being conducted in China to see if the results are replicable with Mandarin speakers. The aim is to help doctors better decide who needs an angiogram.

In future‚ an app may be able to detect something in a person’s voice and warn them to see a doctor‚ who may then schedule an angiogram to detect blocked arteries.

“Even a one-day early warning of a heart attack would be good‚” Meger said. However‚ the software would never replace the current diagnosis method for blocked arteries‚ which is an angiogram‚ when an X-ray image is taken of blood vessels.

Using the voice to detect risk or likelihood of disease raises privacy concerns that people’s health could be monitored or screened without their knowledge.

Employers could use the software during interviews to see if candidates are healthy or not. Perry acknowledges this is a reality.

“As technology develops‚ there are more and more privacy concerns‚” she says.

-Katharine Child’s trip to the technology conference Med in Israel was sponsored by the Israel Export Institute.

Beyond Verbal Wins Frost & Sullivan’s Visionary Innovation Leadership Award Using Vocal Biomarkers To Detect Health Conditions Using Tone Of Voice

TEL AVIV, Israel BUSINESS WIRE Beyond Verbal ( www.beyondverbal.com ), the world leader in voice-driven Emotions Analytics, has been recognized by Frost & Sullivan as the winner of the 2016 Global Voice Analytics for Disorder Diagnostics Visionary Innovation Leadership Award.

“Its approach of gauging patients’ health, wellness, and emotions simultaneously with an artificial intelligence-enabled technology is truly exceptional. It stands out as the first company among its peers to go beyond the mental health arena to tackle the diagnostic and monitoring challenges of physical health conditions.”

Beyond Verbal earned Frost & Sullivan’s 2016 Global Visionary award for its commitment to advancing long-standing screening, monitoring, and diagnostic problems with a unique, non-intrusive approach. Beyond Verbal has proven that vocal intonations can provide significant insights into the inner-workings of human beings, and the company recently found a significant connection between vocal biomarkers and Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) with the Mayo Clinic.

“It’s a true honor to be recognized by Frost & Sullivan, one of the global leaders in market research and analysis,” said Yuval Mor, CEO of Beyond Verbal. “Our desire is to improve healthcare by combining Emotions Analytics, AI and IoT with traditional health care methods. Creating advanced and cost effective healthcare capabilities accessible to the masses. Beyond Verbal has already embarked on a research journey to identify patterns for several diseases, which can be seen in our recent study on coronary artery disease. This honor presented to us by Frost & Sullivan is just a small testament to how impactful our research findings are to the healthcare community.”

“Frost & Sullivan recognizes Beyond Verbal’s efforts to serve the healthcare patient and provider community through its novel, voice-based analytics technology,” said Siddharth Shah, a Research Analyst with
Frost & Sullivan. “Its approach of gauging patients’ health, wellness, and emotions simultaneously with an artificial intelligence-enabled technology is truly exceptional. It stands out as the first company among its peers to go beyond the mental health arena to tackle the diagnostic and monitoring challenges of physical health conditions.”

Beyond Verbal’s technology enables the understanding of emotions, well-being, and health conditions through the human voice. Founded in 2012, the award-winning company’s Emotions Analytics technology has numerous applications – from improving call center effectiveness, to quantifying emotions for market research purpose, and all the way to tracking health conditions over time – and is grounded in more than two decades of research by Chief Science Officer, Dr. Yoram Levanon.

The company will be attending the Health IT Conference 2017 (HIMSS17) in Orlando from February 19-23, 2017.

About Beyond Verbal:
Since its launch in 2012, Beyond Verbal has been using voice-driven emotions AI to dramatically change the way we can detect emotions and reveal health conditions. The only input needed is the human voice, making this technology non-intrusive, passive, and cost effective. Beyond Verbal’s technology has been developed based on ongoing research into the science of emotions that started in 1995. By combining the company’s patented technology with its proprietary machine learning-based algorithms and AI, Beyond Verbal is focusing on emotions understanding and discovering vocal biomarkers. During the past 22 years, the company has been able to hone its technology through multiple internal tests and independent external validations. Over time, Beyond Verbal has collected more than 3 million emotion-tagged voices in more than 40 languages, and secured their technology with multiple granted patents.

14 Innovative Startups That Prove We are Living in the Sci-fi Future

I was one of those Back to the Future kids who has always dreamed about hoverboards and flying cars and everything else we were promised in movies from 20 to 30 years ago. When you think about it, 20 to30 years is actually a great timeframe for tech predictions. It’s far enough in the future that you can imagine tech developments that are interesting, but still close enough that there’s a chance you’ll get things right.

Predictions looking farther down the road than that, such as the ones you’ll find in Star Trek, are too distant from our own lives to be truly tempting. But 20 years from now most of us will still be around to enjoy that future technology, if it comes to pass.

Actually, Back to the Future II is often held up as an example of a movie in which tech predictions actually came true. Sure, we don’t have flying cars, hoverboards, or instantly hydrated pizzas, but we do have flat TVs, video conference calls, and smart door locks. It also might not be too late for flying cars, there are a number of companies already working on vehicles in this category.

In fact, according to Gerd Leonhard, a world-renowned futurist, who happened to write a blurb for my book, Digital Sense, says, “Humanity will change more in the next 20 years, than in the previous 300.”

Whoa.

Beyond that, there’s a host of other technologies that are maturing right now that we only dreamed about in the past. We’ve got smart AI technologies that we can talk to like Alexa, Google Now, Cortana, and Siri, cars that drive themselves, and automated smart homes that can set their own temperature and mood lighting depending on the weather.

Here’s a look at 14 companies that prove that the future we live in is absolutely fantastic.

1) Airtame

Cables, cables everywhere; it’s an unfortunate part of modern life but all of our devices need power and connections. Fortunately, there are technologies being rolled out to resolve this.
Airtame is one such solution that’s trying to tackle the problems caused by the necessity of cables for high-definition video streaming to your TV. It’s a small wireless HDMI dongle that connects to any screen or monitor for wireless casting and streaming of media. Airtame is similar to iOS Airplay.

Airtame first launched through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo raising nearly 800 percent of their initial goal, which made it the most successful European crowdfunding campaign at the time.

2) Beyond Verbal

We are all used to the idea of talking to technology, such as giving commands to AI devices. However, our voices can do much more than simply serve as a user interface. That’s where
Beyond Verbal steps in; by focusing on voice-driven Emotions Analytics and listening to the tonality of the human voice, the company aims to revolutionize the way our health is monitored.

The company has already proven that vocal intonation can provide significant insight into the physical health of human beings; In partnership with the Mayo Clinic, Beyond Verbal recently found a significant connection between vocal biomarkers and Coronary Artery Disease. This means that medical professionals and researchers might be able to reveal health risks just by listening to our voices using Beyond Verbal’s technology, and take early action with preventative medicine.

That’s amazing! Can you hear me now?

3) Arbe Robotics

Drones are one of the technologies that people didn’t see coming. These small, flying robots are opening up all kinds of new possibilities that will change multiple industries. And if the drone light show that accompanied Lady Gaga during the Super Bowl Halftime Show powered by Intel is any indication, we are only going to see more of them.

Arbe Robotics is a startup that’s pioneering the use of automated imaging radar in the emerging market of drones. The company has built an economical and power-efficient collision avoidance technology that can view 360 degrees around the drone for up to 1250 meters. The product includes hardware and software components that help drone operators detect and avoid upcoming obstacles. This technology may also prove to be useful for automated cars.

4) Amimon

While on the subject of drones, it needs to be said that these nimble aerial devices are becoming the next big racing sport. If Drone Racing wasn’t in your vocabulary as a kid, then you’re not alone. This is one of those developments that no one expected and yet would completely amaze anyone from even five years ago.

Amimon is one company making things happen in the space. The company has built zero latency wireless HD video and uses this technology in the recently unveiled FALCORE, a sleek new racing drone designed for pilots of all experience levels. The video technology allows pilots to achieve a zero-latency pilot point of view in the drone, which is critical to effective racing. The drone can also be flown directly out of the box with its patented “Shield Mode” which automatically maintains a fixed distance above ground. This allows pilots to fly close to the ground without needing to maintain altitude manually.

It’s like pod-racing from Star Wars Episode 1, but without the bad plotline or Jar Jar Binks.

5) Humavox

As described above, cables are needed to operate many of our futuristic devices, and that sucks! Most of us have seen or sampled wireless chargers for our phones, such as charging mats or pads, that are supposed to solve this problem. But most of these solutions still don’t really allow us to detach from cables and cords entirely. Humavox, however, wants to completely restructure the wireless experience by allowing us to truly cut the cord.

Humavox uses radio-frequency (RF) wireless technology that allows us to charge wireless devices by dropping them into any compatible 3D container, such as a bowl, case, or purse regardless of placement. With this technology, we will be able to seamlessly blend chargers into our lifestyles without giving it any extra thought.

6) Inception

VR has actually been around for a long time, the one caveat being that it didn’t work very well in the past. That’s all changing, and fast. While VR has made enormous developments in recent years in the gaming industry, we have yet to see this success cross over into entertainment.

Inception, a creator of original immersive virtual reality content, is aiming to become “the Netflix of VR” by serving as a leading destination for pure VR entertainment. The platform already delivers entertainment content across different verticals such as musicals, with a VR inside tour with TimeOut London of Wicked the musical; to arts, with a virtual interactive museum exhibit of the Dali Theatre-Museum. Inception is creating VR formats that will allow you to browse through endless VR content and watch it in the same way you watch your favorite Netflix series – except up close and personal.

Take my money already!!

7) InfinityAR

Augmented Reality has been pegged as one of the top emerging technologies. In fact, Apple CEO Tim Cook has repeatedly mentioned AR as an area of interest for the company, and Microsoft has made a lot of noise about it with its HoloLens as well. One company taking a different approach is
Infinity Augmented Reality, which is developing a software-based AR engine. InfinityAR’s approach is a bit different because it relies on two simple video cameras to understand the 3D nature of the real world, and then map virtual objects on top of it.

In addition, the company is planning to partner with manufacturers to build its software AR engine into these devices. With its recently raised $15 million in funding from Chinese retail giant, Alibaba – which was Alibaba’s biggest investment to date in an Israeli company – the InfinityAR is creating a new and futuristic digital environment that will allow people to naturally interact with augmented content in their physical surroundings.

8) BreezoMeter

Big data is has been a big buzzword for awhile. But how do you make sense of big data? BreezoMeter is trying to do just that with public air. Breezometer collects, measures and analyzes public air quality information from sensors around the world and provides proprietary real-time and historical street-level data and guidance to some of the world’s largest companies. BreezoMeter was named by the White House’s Global Entrepreneurship Week as 2014’s “Most Promising Startup” worldwide. It was also named by the Journeys Conference as one of Israel’s top ten technology companies. Finally, it was named by i3 as one of the 2017 Global Cleantech 100. BreezoMeter’s customers and resellers include Dyson, GE, Cisco, Motorola Solutions, Accuweather, Eureka Forbes and others.

You smell that?

9) Lumus

Lumus provides its unique display technology to consumer electronics and smart eyewear manufacturers worldwide. To date, it’s see-through wearable displays serve multiple AR vertical markets, including healthcare, manufacturing, logistics, avionics and, more recently, consumer products.

This technology has been developed across the past 16 years, and produces see-through performance that combines a wide field of view with the most compact, natural-looking eyewear. Its investors include HTC, Shanda Group, electronics manufacturer Quanta (Macbooks) and Crystal-Optech. Its current customers include DAQRI, Thales, and Atheer among others.

10) Wombat

Wombat sees itself as the antithesis to adTech and MarTech. Looking at existing solutions in the app engagement & growth market, they noticed that there was something fundamentally broken about it: app owners had to choose between taking an easy route for themselves, but sacrificing their user experience (think of the annoying, untimely popups asking you to rate an app), or try to deliver the perfect user experience, but spend all their time or resources doing so.

Wombat’s founding team thus challenged themselves to produce the easiest experience for the app owner, while still keeping a superb mobile user experience. The result is a platform inspired by Influence Psychology. Using universal rules and machine learning, it allows the app owner to simply copy and paste one line of Wombat code into their app, and then choose from a rich bank of pre-canned and self-optimizing interactions to activate.

11) Cloudinary

Dynamic image management is a must for marketers in the digital space. The only problem is that a single image may need literally dozens of iterations to appear the way it should across every browser, device, and viewport. Creating, managing, and maintaining these images for all of your web properties can be a resource-draining problem for your IT, marketing, and graphic design teams.

Fortunately, Cloudinary allows you to manage thousands of different image versions across all of your web properties simply, easily, and affordably. The result is images that always appear the way they should on every browser and device without drawbacks such as distortion or excessive loading times. It’s especially useful if your brand utilizes image-heavy websites.

12) prooV

How do you manage and validate innovation? prooV has developed an end-to-end platform to help startups and enterprises run effective proof of concepts (PoCs). prooV handles the discovery, due diligence, testing, and deployment of successful PoCs to help startups struggling to validate their innovation, as well as investors who are seeking that validation. The company is working with hundreds of enterprises and thousands of startups across the globe to eliminate the headache of creating an effective PoC and make getting proof as painless and simple as possible.

prooV is Voorp spelled backwards… which actually makes no sense.

13) WalkMe

Walkme is a web-based service that helps users navigate the features of other web-based services. It has developed a platform to enhance user experience across various types of software. It helps its clients by creating a user experience standard that is both familiar and intuitive for the end user.
It claims that it can INSTANTLY improve their client’s user experience.

14) Moodo

We’ve been waiting for our homes to get smart for a long time. Well thanks to IoT devices like smart lights and thermostats, now they are. But those pertain to only a few of our senses. What about smell?

Enter Moodo, a customizable IoT scent mixing system recently launched on Indiegogo to complete the expanding smart home market; think Keurig, but for smells. Moodo is ditching old school home scent options such candles and plug-ins to infuse our lives with wireless, interconnected smell-good technology. Moodo offers multiple fragrance capsules that can be loaded into the device and mixed together to create a limitless number of fragrance options.

He who smelt it, dealt it!

Nope. It was Moodo!

These companies are just a glimpse into the amazing things happening in technology. And ok, ok. Not all of them are super space-agey, but they are fascinating and a testament to innovation.

The only question that remains is how quickly these technologies will become an everyday part of our lives.

Beyond Verbal Wins Frost & Sullivan’s Visionary Innovation Leadership Award Using Vocal Biomarkers to Detect Health Conditions Using Tone of Voice

TEL AVIV, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Beyond Verbal (www.beyondverbal.com), the world leader in voice-driven Emotions Analytics, has been recognized by Frost & Sullivan as the winner of the 2016 Global Voice Analytics for Disorder Diagnostics Visionary Innovation Leadership Award.

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Beyond Verbal earned Frost & Sullivan’s 2016 Global Visionary award for its commitment to advancing long-standing screening, monitoring, and diagnostic problems with a unique, non-intrusive approach. Beyond Verbal has proven that vocal intonations can provide significant insights into the inner-workings of human beings, and the company recently found a significant connection between vocal biomarkers and Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) with the Mayo Clinic.

“It’s a true honor to be recognized by Frost & Sullivan, one of the global leaders in market research and analysis,” said Yuval Mor, CEO of Beyond Verbal. “Our desire is to improve healthcare by combining Emotions Analytics, AI and IoT with traditional health care methods. Creating advanced and cost effective healthcare capabilities accessible to the masses. Beyond Verbal has already embarked on a research journey to identify patterns for several diseases, which can be seen in our recent study on coronary artery disease. This honor presented to us by Frost & Sullivan is just a small testament to how impactful our research findings are to the healthcare community.”

“Frost & Sullivan recognizes Beyond Verbal’s efforts to serve the healthcare patient and provider community through its novel, voice-based analytics technology,” said Siddharth Shah, a Research Analyst with Frost & Sullivan. “Its approach of gauging patients’ health, wellness, and emotions simultaneously with an artificial intelligence-enabled technology is truly exceptional. It stands out as the first company among its peers to go beyond the mental health arena to tackle the diagnostic and monitoring challenges of physical health conditions.”

Beyond Verbal’s technology enables the understanding of emotions, well-being, and health conditions through the human voice. Founded in 2012, the award-winning company’s Emotions Analytics technology has numerous applications – from improving call center effectiveness, to quantifying emotions for market research purpose, and all the way to tracking health conditions over time – and is grounded in more than two decades of research by Chief Science Officer, Dr. Yoram Levanon.

Beyond Verbal’s technology enables the understanding of emotions, well-being, and health conditions through the human voice. Founded in 2012, the award-winning company’s Emotions Analytics technology has numerous applications – from improving call center effectiveness, to quantifying emotions for market research purpose, and all the way to tracking health conditions over time – and is grounded in more than two decades of research by Chief Science Officer, Dr. Yoram Levanon.

About Beyond Verbal:

Since its launch in 2012, Beyond Verbal has been using voice-driven emotions AI to dramatically change the way we can detect emotions and reveal health conditions. The only input needed is the human voice, making this technology non-intrusive, passive, and cost effective. Beyond Verbal’s technology has been developed based on ongoing research into the science of emotions that started in 1995. By combining the company’s patented technology with its proprietary machine learning-based algorithms and AI, Beyond Verbal is focusing on emotions understanding and discovering vocal biomarkers. During the past 22 years, the company has been able to hone its technology through multiple internal tests and independent external validations. Over time, Beyond Verbal has collected more than 3 million emotion-tagged voices in more than 40 languages, and secured their technology with multiple granted patents.

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10 startups pioneering the new field of emotional analytics

10 startups pioneering

Understanding how we react and make decisions is at the core of how we interact with those around us. Either in our personal lives or in business, getting know what others are feeling is more important than ever. Brands have long understood that they need more than just logic to engage customers. Coca-Cola and Pepsi rely more on emotional resonance and memorable advertising to make an impression on buyers, not so much subjective taste tests (or worse yet, fake taste tests). The same goes for virtually all marketing campaigns. But getting to know your customers is a monumental task. Now the field of emotional analytics has arrived. Its major customers might be advertisers, but applications have been made to focus on employees, healthcare and disease progression, as well as linguistic analysis.

Here are 10 of the most vital startups in the space of “emolytics” today from around the world.

  • Affectiva

    Website: Affectiva

    Founded: 2009

    Headquarters (and other locations): Waltham, Massachusetts

    Amount raised (latest round): $33.72 million ($14 million Series D, May 2016)

    Investors: WPP, National Science Foundation, Fenox Venture Capital, Horizons Ventures, Kleiner Perkins,

    Caufield & Byers (KPCB), Myrian Capital

    Founders: CEO Rana el Kaliouby, Rosalind Picard

    An MIT Media Lab spin-off, Affectiva calls itself the pioneer in Emotion AI. They use computer vision and a massive emotions database with 4 million separate facial expressions to track and summarize expressed emotions. The database includes samples from 75 countries, helping account for possible differences across cultures.

    “We envision a future where our mobile and IoT devices can read and adapt to human emotions, transforming not only how we interact with hyper-intelligent technology, but also how we communicate with each other in a digital world,” Rana el Kaliouby said last year after their last fundraising round. “We build artificial emotional intelligence that senses, models and adapts to human emotion and behavior. It is a big, exciting vision for artificial intelligence, as it realizes the practical business application of AI and fuels innovation in many global markets.”

  • Beyond Verbal

    Website: Beyond Verbal

    Founded: 2012

    Headquarters (and other locations): Tel Aviv, Israel

    Amount raised (latest round): $10 million ($3 million, September 2016)

    Investors: Kuang-Chi Science, Singulariteam, Omninet Capital, Winnovation

    Founders: SVP BizDev Yoav Hoshen, Yuval Mor

    Beyond Verbal claims to be one of the only companies in the world giving literal emotional feedback in terms of analytics, but unlike other members of this list they aren’t reliant on facial recognition. They track voice patterns, keeping track of lonely family members and finding ways to apply the technology to the dating world by matching people according to attitudes and moods. They have pivoted from focusing on marketing to healthcare, pioneering a study with the Mayo Clinic to link voice patterns to progressive heart disease.

    They have demonstrated their emolytic capabilities by analyzing Donald Trump during last year’s Republican primary debates and his combative exchanges with people such as former Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

    This company, perhaps more than others, is producing technology that might have a massive impact on the way voice assistants and spoken translation technologies work in the future, choosing to respond to statements or questions with specific tones or translations that reflect the nuance of a bad (or good) mood.

  • Lightwave

    Website: Lightwave, @_lightwave

    Founded: 2012

    Headquarters (and other locations): Venice, California

    Amount raised (latest round): Unknown

    Founders: CEO Rana June

    With major clients like Google, 20th Century Fox, Unilever, Pepsi, and Jaguar, Lightwave is employing the go-big-or-go-home strategy to try to dominate the conversation on emolytics. They have been found analyzing not just audiences behind the TV screen but also crowds at large sporting events such as the NCAA basketball championship between UNC and Villanova. That’s 72,000 people during a single game by reading facial responses every 10th of a second. They have also used their technology to, similar to Beyond Verbal, take a hard look at the 2016 election with emotional reactions to speeches by Hillary Clinton.

    “Any business that has a customer is going to be affected by the ability to measure the emotional reaction of the customer,” Founder and CEO Rana June told Inc in 2016, predicting these changes would be seen across the board “very, very soon. I want to say ‘today.’”

  • BehaviorMatrix

    Website: BehaviorMatrix, @BehaviorMatrix

    Founded: 2008

    Headquarters (and other locations): Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

    Amount raised (latest round): $1.7 million debt financing

    Founders: Chairman & CEO Bill Thompson

    BehaviorMatrix measures and interprets emotions, behaviors and influence around global communications. They describe their approach as helping companies understand people with deeper insights that “allow them to act to affect positive change.” They have real-time emotion-measuring tools for customers and larger versions to track influencers in a given industry or among a given demographic. Similar to Beyond Verbal, they have applied their technology to healthcare with a study of emotional expression in diabetes information forums online.

    “BehaviorMatrix illuminates the ‘micro data’ within data streams to reveal the real insights, and we aim to dramatically disrupt the business intelligence and Data Science worlds,” Thompson wrote after the company debuted the SMARTview360 to take real-time measurements of 48 separate emotions on various media, including social.

    “Traditional measurements of likes or dislikes, positives or negatives can be shots in the dark that provide marginal results,” wrote CPO Keith Harry in 2015. “This ability to understand the context of data is powered by our Natural Language Processing Engine that operates like the human brain when processing language.”

    “Actually understanding hearts and minds allows us to help our customers not only interpret, but also effectively predict future behavior.”

  • nViso

    Website: nViso

    Founded: 2005

    Headquarters (and other locations): Lausanne, Switzerland

    Founders: CEO Tim Llewellynn

    nViso boasts what it calls “the most scalable, robust, and accurate artificial intelligence solutions” for instant emotional analysis of consumers on the market, focusing their business on major brands and advertising. They say they have original 3D facial imaging technology that works with “ordinary webcams” to gauge consumers’ responses online.

  • Kanjoya

    Website: Kanjoya

    Founded: 2006

    Headquarters (and other locations): San Francisco, California

    Amount raised (latest round):

    Kanjoya Investors: Acquired by Ultimate Software; Allegro Venture Partners, Ulu Ventures, SV Angel, Ronald Conway,

    FLOODGATE, D.E. Shaw & Co., Constantin Partners

    Founders: Kanjoya CEO Armen Berjikly

    Kanjoya is different than other entries here for the simple reason that they focus on your company’s workforce, not its customers. Employee satisfaction of late has been recognized as equally important to growing businesses as customer service, understanding that happy employees tend to produce better work

    They were acquired by Ultimate Software in September 2016, simultaneously launching UltiPro Perception to measure employee experience within companies.

    “Effective workforce decisions require a delicate balance of employee emotions and motivations, layered with business metrics,” their website reads, describing the program. “With our machine learning-based models, you can make those decisions with comprehensive insights and predictive power.”

  • Realeyes

    Website: Realeyes

    Founded: 2007

    Headquarters (and other locations): London, England

    Amount raised (latest round): $9.2 million ($2.5 million debt financing, 2015)

    Investors: Entrepreneurs Fund (EF), SmartCap AS, European Commission, European Regional Development Fund

    Founders: Kanjoya CEO Armen Berjikly

    Founders: Martin Salo, Elnar Hajiyev, CEO Mihkel Jäätma

    Realeyes gets people to share access to their personal webcams, from which they can use their own computer vision algorithms and machine learning to track expressions during broadcasts, advertisements, and other media. Taking this visual feedback, they can help content creators to learn from their mistakes and put together videos that audiences will want to engage with. They offer 24-hour report turnarounds for $3,500, according to their website. It works by dragging and dropping a given video into the Realeyes dashboard and defining audience segments and can analyze up to 300 people at a time.

    Realeyes from Realeyes on Vimeo.

  • iMotions

    Website: iMotions, @iMotionsGlobal

    Founded: 2005

    Headquarters (and other locations): Copenhagen, Denmark (Boston, Massachusetts)

    Amount raised (latest round): $4.3 million ($2.7 million, 2007)

    Investors: Inventure Capital, Syddansk Venture, The Way Forward Aps

    Founders: CEO Peter Hartzbech

    The company focuses on supporting research teams at universities and within larger companies, saying their software supports more than 50 market-available biosensors and eye sensors that will help collect data and produce observations with their machine learning technology. Nielsen, Deloitte, P&G, and Harvard University are listed as customers on the company website. Their team has also worked with Stanford to track eye movements by drivers in what they say is one of the most advanced driving simulators in the world.

    They also announced a partnership back in 2015 with previous list entry Affectiva to better integrate emotional analytics with biometric research with iMotions Founder & CEO Peter Hartzbech saying at the time, “Measuring unfiltered and unbiased emotional responses is key to understanding human behavior in consumer engagement and user experience.”

  • CrowdEmotion

    Website: CrowdEmotion, @CrowdEmotion

    Headquarters (and other locations): London, England

    Amount raised (latest round): Unknown

    Founders: CEO Matthew Celuszak, Daniel Jabry, CTO Diego Caravana

    CrowdEmotion is a British company whose platform for facial expression provides insights on emotional expression. Their other platform, MeMo, can be used for two-way video chat and self-analysis to better help with personal engagement tactics in business or for your own personal growth. They have been working with the BBC for the last three years to measure TV audience engagement.

    CEO Matthew Celuszak expressed confidence in his technology’s ability to affect the way that media engages with its audiences when they announced that partnership in 2014.

    “With today’s media noisier than ever, we’re here to innovate, bring emotions to life and reshape broadcast media through our findings.”

  • Kairos

    Website: Kairos

    Headquarters (and other locations): Miami, Florida

    Amount raised (latest round): $4.26 million ($300,000, 2015)

    Investors: Christopher Alden, Eniac Ventures, Florida Angel Nexus, Jeremiah Tolbert, Kapor Capital, Marcelo Ballona,

    Neil Shah, NewMe Accelerator, New World Angels, Peter Livingston, True Ventures, University Of Central Florida,

    venVelo

    Founders: CEO Brian Brackeen

    Kairos defines itself as an AI company. Like many of the companies on this list, they focus largely on facial recognition and use computer vision to process slight differences in facial expressions that will tell viewers what precise emotions someone is experiencing at any given time. Kairos claims that 4,600 developers use their software. Their founder is not one to hide that he thinks his company’s technology will be the foundation of tomorrow’s machines, which should be able to better get a grip on what their human counterparts are feeling when they communicate.

    “Machines need to be a lot more empathetic,” Brackeen said in 2015 after buying out New York facial recognition company IMRSV. “They need to better understand who we are so they can serve us.”

    Kairos engineer talks about the company [courtesy]

    Kairos engineer talks about the company [courtesy]

Talking to a Computer May Soon Be Enough to Diagnose Illness

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In recent years, technology has been producing more and more novel ways to diagnose and treat illness. Urine tests will soon be able to detect cancer. Smartphone apps can diagnose STIs. Chatbots can provide quality mental healthcare.

Joining this list is a minimally-invasive technique that’s been getting increasing buzz across various sectors of healthcare: disease detection by voice analysis.

It’s basically what it sounds like: you talk, and a computer analyzes your voice and screens for illness. Most of the indicators that machine learning algorithms can pick up aren’t detectable to the human ear.

When we do hear irregularities in our own voices or those of others, the fact we’re noticing them at all means they’re extreme; elongating syllables, slurring, trembling, or using a tone that’s unusually flat or nasal could all be indicators of different health conditions. Even if we can hear them, though, unless someone says, “I’m having chest pain” or “I’m depressed,” we don’t know how to analyze or interpret these biomarkers.

Computers soon will, though.

Researchers from various medical centers, universities, and healthcare companies have collected voice recordings from hundreds of patients and fed them to machine learning software that compares the voices to those of healthy people, with the aim of establishing patterns clear enough to pinpoint vocal disease indicators.

In one particularly encouraging study, doctors from the Mayo Clinic worked with Israeli company Beyond Verbal to analyze voice recordings from 120 people who were scheduled for a coronary angiography. Participants used an app on their phones to record 30-second intervals of themselves reading a piece of text, describing a positive experience, then describing a negative experience. Doctors also took recordings from a control group of 25 patients who were either healthy or getting non-heart-related tests.

The doctors found 13 different voice characteristics associated with coronary artery disease. Most notably, the biggest differences between heart patients and non-heart patients’ voices occurred when they talked about a negative experience.

Heart disease isn’t the only illness that shows promise for voice diagnosis. Researchers are also making headway in the conditions below.

  • ADHD: German company Audioprofiling is using voice analysis to diagnose ADHD in children, achieving greater than 90 percent accuracy in identifying previously diagnosed kids based on their speech alone. The company’s founder gave speech rhythm as an example indicator for ADHD, saying children with the condition speak in syllables less equal in length.
  • PTSD: With the goal of decreasing the suicide rate among military service members, Boston-based Cogito partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs to use a voice analysis app to monitor service members’ moods. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital are also using the app as part of a two-year study to track the health of 1,000 patients with bipolar disorder and depression.
  • Brain injury: In June 2016, the US Army partnered with MIT’s Lincoln Lab to develop an algorithm that uses voice to diagnose mild traumatic brain injury. Brain injury biomarkers may include elongated syllables and vowel sounds or difficulty pronouncing phrases that require complex facial muscle movements.
  • Parkinson’s: Parkinson’s disease has no biomarkers and can only be diagnosed via a costly in-clinic analysis with a neurologist. The Parkinson’s Voice Initiative is changing that by analyzing 30-second voice recordings with machine learning software, achieving 98.6 percent accuracy in detecting whether or not a participant suffers from the disease.

Challenges remain before vocal disease diagnosis becomes truly viable and widespread. For starters, there are privacy concerns over the personal health data identifiable in voice samples. It’s also not yet clear how well algorithms developed for English-speakers will perform with other languages.

Despite these hurdles, our voices appear to be on their way to becoming key players in our health.

http://www.cio.com/article/3159592/consumer-electronics/10-best-gadgets-from-ces-2017.html

10 best gadgets from CES 2017

CES 2017 intro slide

It’s a few week into CES and by now you’ve probably read a few different stories across the web. You probably also know that this year, the Consumer Electronics Show really wow-ed us and we’re still thinking about it.  From virtual reality to concept cars, thousands of tech companies showcased what they think you’ll buy in the coming year. While it’s difficult to see all the products at the show and narrow down the best gadgets, here are 10 of the most impressive in various categories.

1. Hover Camera Passport

Drones have been very popular is the past few years and the Hover Camera Passport is a flying camera in a drone class of its own that will likely make it even more mainstream. It’s an autonomous self-flying camera that follows you and records your travel moments in 13MP photos and 4K video. There’s no controller for this drone; you’ll be using your Android phone or iPhone to help navigate and to control it via WiFi. There’s also a follow-me mode, so no matter where you go. Think of it as a personal paparazzi. The foldable, fully-enclosed Passport drone can be yours for $549.

2. HiMirror Plus Smart Beauty Mirror

HiMirror Plus is a smart mirror and real beauty and make-up mirror with LED lightings on the side. What makes it really smart is by simply taking a Hi-Res photo of your face, HiMirror analyses your skin, including wrinkles, fine lines, complexion, dark circles, dark spots, red spots, and pores; giving you a personalized report on clarity, firmness, brightness, texture, and overall health.The mirror is Wi-fi connected and blue-tooth enabled, and can also display local weather, play Internet Radio. The HiMirror Plus is available for $259.

3. LG Signature 4K OLED

This year LG had a TV that was so thin it looked like it was a work of (expensive) art hanging on your wall. The television is as thick as about four credit cards stacked up on each other and the image quality so stunning for something so thin. I had to see it to believe it. LG was able to get an OLED screen so thin, but still offered amazing colors and resolution. Something interesting to note, It’s a two-part system: the main display up top, and a Dolby Atmos soundbar below it. LG has not revealed final pricing yet, but you can bet it will be very expensive.

4. Kuri Intelligent Home Robot

Say hello to the future with the Kuri, your digital personal assistant who can respond to voice commands thanks to a four-microphone system. Mayfield robotics unveiled the intelligent ‘kuri’ robot at CES 2017 and is said to ‘add a spark of life to any home’. the smart bot can understand context and surroundings, recognize specific people, and respond to questions with facial expressions, head movements, and unique sounds. Just call out his name and Kuri will be at your service.  Kuri can pick up your audio from any direction as well as reply. Kuri lights up, produces expressions, and uses sounds to confirm your command.  Kuri has a HD camera in its head and enables the robot to avoid obstacles and falling. All three wheels at the base spin in any direction for a more fluid movement. Kuri is available for $699.

5. DART-C Smallest Laptop Charger

If you’re sick of carrying around a bulky laptop charger then you will understand why we’re excited about the Dart-C? They shrunk the whole charger (about four times smaller than most of the ones available in the market today) into a miniature size. The charger is specifically designed for the USB Type-C laptops.  The list includes USB Type C laptops including Apple MacBook & MacBook Pro, Lenovo ThinkPad 13, ASUS ZenBook 3 and Dell XPS 13. Gone are those when laptop chargers looked bulky. DART-C is available starting January 2017.

6. Genican Barcode Scanner for Garbage Cans

This year at CES, we even saw our garbage can get smart with the GeniCan. The device helps to keep your grocery list updated when you throw your garbage away with a barcode scanning every time you throw something away. The small Wi-Fi enabled device can be attached to a variety of garbage cans and recycling bins. Before throwing an item in the bin you scan and a note is made that the item has ran out and it is added to your grocery list. GeniCan has also announced a partnership with Amazon’s Dash service, which means that any items you do order through Amazon Dash can immediately be re-ordered once the product has been scanned. The Genican is available for $124.99.

7. Belkin WeMo Mini Smart Plug

Belkin introduced two new smart home products at CES 2017, including the WeMo Mini smart plug and WeMo Dimmer light switch. Think of the smart plugs as outlet covers that allow you to control anything you plug into them with a smartphone app. With the smart plugs you can to stack two of plugs in a single wall outlet and wirelessly control lamps, heaters, fans, and more over Wi-Fi using the free WeMo app for iPhone. The WeMo Dimmer, like the Mini Smart Plug, is compatible with Amazon Echo and Google Home for dimming and on/off control via voice commands, as well as the Nest thermostat’s “home” and “away” modes. WeMo Mini is available now for pre-order on Belkin’s website for $34.99, and will be in stores later in January. The WeMo Dimmer will be available in the spring.

8.  Humavox 

Being out of battery is so 2016. This year at CES, Humavox, a startup that is ‘leading the charge’ presented a line of consumer gadgets aimed to blend wireless charging into our lives, including: A backpack, that looks like any other, but secretly charges any gadgets placed in it. Google cases for AR/VR and headphones cases – both automatically charge the device within them, as well as self-charging autonomous drones. With Humavox’s near-field radio frequency (RF) technology installed, any wearable or connected device can be dropped into any compatible 3D container, and be charged seamlessly, without even worrying about placement (“just drop & charge”).

9. Toyota Concept-i

Toyota unveiled a concept car to highlight its vision for what its cars may look like in 2030 From wheels built directly into the body, see-through doors, and a modern clean interior and exterior, it was an exciting glimpse into a future.As Toyota Research Institute head Gill Pratt explained during the demo, that vision involves two things: making the car safer, and changing the way people interact with their vehicles. The car isn’t fully autonomous, but Toyota believes you’ll still want to drive yourself around 14 years from now.

10. Beyond Verbal

Beyond Verbal is an emotions analytics company that is on a mission to help dramatically change the way our emotions and health are monitored, by listening to the human voice. Beyond Verbal says they have proven that voice markers can provide insight into the inner-workings of human beings, and the company has recently found a significant connection between vocal biomarkers and Coronary Artery Disease.

The company is also developing an emotions analytics systems for AI machines, and the startup’s technology gives machines an emotional understanding and the emotional capacity to interact with us as humans. At CES 2017, Beyond Verbal held demonstrations with a company called MoodCall, where users were able to monitor how they felt during phone calls and to understand which emotions they are conveying, with the ultimate purpose of learning how to control them.

http://www.cio.com/article/3159592/consumer-electronics/10-best-gadgets-from-ces-2017.html

Voice Analysis Tech Could Diagnose Disease

Researchers enlist smartphones and machine learning to find vocal patterns that might signal post-traumatic stress disorder or even heart disease.

In the near future, smartphone apps and wearables could help diagnose disease with short voice samples.

 

Charles Marmar has been a psychiatrist for 40 years, but when a combat veteran steps into his office for an evaluation, he still can’t diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder with 100 percent accuracy.

“You would think that if a war fighter came into my office I’d be able to decide if they have PTSD or not. But what if they’re ashamed to tell me about their problems or they don’t want to lose their high-security clearance, or I ask them about their disturbing dreams and they say they’re sleeping well?” says Marmar.

Marmar, who is chairman of the department of psychiatry at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, is hoping to find answers in their speech.

Voice samples are a rich source of information about a person’s health, and researchers think subtle vocal cues may indicate underlying medical conditions or gauge disease risk. In a few years it may be possible to monitor a person’s health remotely—using smartphones and other wearables—by recording short speech samples and analyzing them for disease biomarkers.

For psychiatric disorders like PTSD, there are no blood tests, and people are often embarrassed to talk about their mental health, so these conditions frequently go underdiagnosed. That’s where vocal tests could be useful.

As part of a five-year study, Marmar is collecting voice samples from veterans and analyzing vocal cues like tone, pitch, rhythm, rate, and volume for signs of invisible injuries like PTSD, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and depression. Using machine learning to mine features in the voice, algorithms pick out vocal patterns in people with these conditions and compare them with voice samples from healthy people.

For example, people with mental or cognitive problems may elongate certain sounds, or struggle with pronouncing phrases that require complex facial muscle movements.

Collaborating with researchers at SRI International, a nonprofit research institute in northern California, Marmar has been able to pick out a set of 30 vocal characteristics that seem to be associated with PTSD and TBI from 40,000 total features they’ve extracted from the voices of veterans and control subjects.

In early results presented in 2015, a voice test developed by Marmar and his team was 77 percent accurate at distinguishing between PTSD patients and healthy volunteers in a study of 39 men. More voice recordings have been collected since that study, and Marmar and his colleagues are close to identifying speech patterns that can distinguish between PTSD and TBI.

“Medical and psychiatric diagnosis will be more accurate when we have access to large amounts of biological and psychological data, including speech features,” Marmar says. To date, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved any speech tests to diagnose disease.

Beyond mental health, the Mayo Clinic is pursuing vocal biomarkers to improve remote health monitoring for heart disease. It’s teaming up with Israeli company Beyond Verbal to test the voices of patients with coronary artery disease, the most common type of heart disease. They reason that chest pain caused by hardening of the arteries may affect voice production.

In an initial study, the Mayo Clinic enrolled 150 patients and asked them to produce three short voice recordings using an app developed by Beyond Verbal. Researchers analyzed the voices using machine learning and identified 13 different vocal features associated with patients at risk of coronary artery disease.

One characteristic, related to the frequency of the voice, was associated with a 19-fold increase in the likelihood of coronary artery disease. Amir Lerman, a cardiologist and professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, says this vocal trait isn’t discernable to the human ear and can only be picked up using the app’s software.

“What we found out is that specific segments of the voice can be predictive of the amount or degree of the blockages found by the angiography,” Lerman says.

Lerman says a vocal test app on a smartphone could be used as a low-cost, predictive screening tool to identify patients most at risk of heart disease, as well as to remotely monitor patients after cardiac surgery. For example, changes in the voice could indicate whether patients have stopped taking their medication.

Next Mayo plans to conduct a similar study in China to determine if the voice biomarkers identified in the initial study are the same in a different language.

Jim Harper, CEO of Sonde Health in Boston, sees value in using voice tests to monitor new mothers for postpartum depression, which is widely believed to be underdiagnosed, and older people with dementia, Parkinson’s, and other diseases of aging. His company is working with hospitals and insurance companies to set up pilot studies of its AI platform, which detects acoustic changes in the voice to screen for mental health conditions.

“We’re trying to make this ubiquitous and universal by engineering a technology that allows our software to operate on mobile phones and a range of other voice-enabled devices,” Harper says.

One major problem researchers are working on is whether these different vocal characteristics can be faked by patients. If so, the tests might not be very reliable.

The technology also raises privacy and security concerns. Not all patients will want to give voice samples that contain personal information or let apps have access to their phone calls. Researchers insist that their algorithms are capturing patterns in the voice, not logging what you say.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603200/voice-analysis-tech-could-diagnose-disease/

חיישנים, מציאות מדומה ומוצרי בית חכם: 15 חברות ישראליות בתערוכת CES

הביתן הישראלי של מכון היצוא בלאס וגאס יארח 15 סטארט-אפים שיציגו מגוון פיתוחים: מפעמון חכם לדלת, דרך חיישן לחיתול ועד מדידת בגדים וירטואלית בסמארטפון

15 חברות ישראליות ישתתפו בסוף השבוע בתערוכת CES שנפתחה היום בלאס וגאס, במסגרת הביתן הישראלי של מכון היצוא ומינהל סחר חוץ במשרד התעשייה וכלכלה. זו הפעם השלישית בה כוללת התערוכה את הביתן כחלק ממתחם החדשנות והסטראטאפים.

בין החברות המציגות גם 2breathe, שפיתחה טכנולוגיה חדשנית להתמודדות עם נדודי שינה וזכתה בפרס החדשנות בקטגוריה בריאות, ספורט וביוטק של התערוכה. החיישן והאפליקציה שהחברה פיתחה מנחים את המשתמש לנשום באופן המוריד את פעילות מערכת העצבים ומוביל להרדמות.

עוד יציגו בביתן חברת Cinema2Go, שתדגים משקפיי מציאות מדומה המאפשרים הפיכה של צפייה בכל טלפון נייד עם מסך קטן לחוויה של אולם קולנוע, לצד גרסה המיועדת למטיסי רחפנים, חברת mee.ba שפיתחה פעמון חכם לדלת השולח התראות לסמארטפון, חברת רדיומייז שפיתחה הגה חכם לרכב עם ממשק מגע שמאפשר שליטה באפליקציה המציעה פונקציות כמו הקראת הודעות SMS בזמן הנהיגה, מבזקי חדשות וניהול פלייליסט.

דיגסנס. אפילו החיתול חכם
דיגסנס. אפילו החיתול חכםצילום: יחצ

חברת סימו מערכות תציג טכנולוגיה לשדרוג של כל מפסק תאורה והפיכתו למפסק חכם, דיגיסנס תדגים חיתול בעל חיישנים חכמים המתריע כאשר הוא מלא וצריך להחליפו, אלאנגו תציג את הטכנולוגיה שפיתחה לעיבוד אותות דיגיטליים לתקשורת קולית וחברת IMAGRY תציג טכנולוגיה לזיהוי אובייקטים מרובים בתמונות ובווידאו הניתנת להטמעה במכשירים ניידים.

עוד יוצגו טכנולוגיית למדידה והתאמה של פרטי ביגוד באמצעות מכשירים סלולריים שפותחה על ידי חברת MySize; מדפסות תלת-ממד מתקדמות לתחום האלקטרוניקה של ננו דיימנשן, וטכנולוגיית זיהוי הרגשות וניטור המצב הבריאותי בהקלטות קול של Beyond Verbal .

“התמהיל והמגוון של הפתרונות החדשניים המוצגים בביתן מהווים אבן שואבת לביקורים של נציגים בכירים מחברות האלקטרוניקה הבידורית המובילות ברחבי העולם, מיפן, סין, קוריאה ארה”ב”, אמר מיקי אדמון, מנהל מחלקת ההייטק במכון היצוא.

https://www.calcalist.co.il/internet/articles/0,7340,L-3705264,00.html

The Coolest Israeli Technologies Wowing The Crowds At CES 2017

From wearable technologies to artificial intelligence, the Israeli delegation to CES 2017 is showcasing a wide set of solutions for the consumer electronics industry, some of which are truly game-changing.

According to the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry, the Startup Nation is home to some 500 consumer electronics companies in a range of fields: mobile devices, smart homes and smart TVs, video and gaming, automotive, wearables, Internet of Things and more.

Overall, this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, held in Las Vegas this week, is showcasing 3,800 exhibiting companies, including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology systems from 150 countries. Roughly 165,000 people are attending this year’s show, which runs January 5-8.

CES has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies, and is considered the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. The largest tradeshow of its kind, CES has been produced by the Consumer Technology Association for the past 50 years.

Here are some of the coolest, up-and-coming Israeli technologies at the conference:

SCiO: A molecular sensor built into a smartphone

Changhong, one of China’s largest consumer electronics makers, and Israeli startup Consumer Physics, maker of the SCiO handheld molecular sensor, unveiled the world’s first smartphone with a built-in material sensor at CES this week.

This smartphone will allow consumers to scan materials and immediately receive actionable insights based on their underlying chemical composition, such as the nutritional value of foods, alcohol content of drinks, purity of cooking oils, and identification of raw materials used in manufacturing.

scio-scanning-strawberries

This capability has the potential to change smartphones forever, just like the integration of cameras and GPS units have over the past decade. The smartphone is set to launch later this year.

Founded in 2011 by Damian Goldring and Dror Sharon, Consumer Physics has so far raised $11.5 million from investors. Backed by Israeli entrepreneur Dov Moran (who invented the USB drive), Khosla Ventures and Israeli crowd-funding firm OurCrowd, Consumer Physics could very well change the way we interact with the world.

According to Jon Medved, founder and CEO of OurCrowd, Consumer Physics “truly brought science fiction to life. This new integration of their SCiO technology into the Changhong H2 phone will unleash a tsunami of applications that will allow users to better know and understand the world around us and to lead more healthy and productive lives.”

Beyond Verbal: Deciphering people’s moods

Israeli company Beyond Verbal‘s cutting-edge, artificially intelligent technology deciphers people’s moods, emotional characteristics, and attitudes in real-time.

Having already analyzed millions of voice samples from 170 countries, Beyond Verbal’s technology decodes human vocal intonations into their underlying emotions.

The company’s technology can be applied in mobile apps, voice assistants, wearables, and a variety of other settings. Its software can also be integrated into existing products, helping devices and applications envision not just what users type, but also how they feel and what they mean.

SEE ALSO: Beyond Verbal’s Technology Interprets Trump’s Real Emotions

Founded in 2012 by Yoav Hoshen and Yuval Mor, the company has already been granted several patents and raised $10 million.

TytoCare: Telemedicine at your fingertips

Imagine you could skip the waiting time for a doctor’s appointment and also save the money you would have paid for the visit.

Israeli startup TytoCare has developed an innovative hand-held instrument, called Tyto, which can detect and classify common diseases such as the flu or ear infections. The kit includes a stethoscope, an otoscope and a computer-vision camera that helps the user diagnose the problem. In case a doctor is needed, the device can also be used to connect with a specialist for a remote consultation.

Founded by Dedi Gilad and Ofer Tzadik in 2012, the company has raised $18.5 million so far, with major drugstore chain Walgreens among its investors.

Radiomize: Reducing car accidents 

We all know texting while driving is dangerous, yet we still do it – we just can’t help ourselves. But safety doesn’t need to be comprised.

Founded in April 2015 by Shmuel Kaz and Gilad Landau, Israeli startup Radiomize works to reduce car accidents. Radiomize has created a steering wheel cover embedded with text-to-speech technology and a matching mobile app. This patented gadget fits most vehicles, allowing drivers to control their phones without taking their focus off the road. According to Radiomize, its technology can reduce distracted driving by 23 percent.

And, it can even help you choose your music without taking your eyes off the road.

Digisense: Monitoring infants and the elderly 

Founded by Eyall Abir in 2010, Digisense has developed a wearable, real-time monitoring solution for babies and the elderly, designed to respond to the needs of infants and geriatric patients.

The gadget, which clasps onto a diaper, helps prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). It monitors hydration levels, urine quantity and quality, and minimizes irritation to the skin. For the elderly, this wearable device monitors quality of care, while empowering confidence, independence and dignity.

For use at home, hospitals or nursing homes, the device can be attached (using Velcro) to any diaper or cloth. This Internet of Things (IoT) device is noninvasive and provides data through an app. It can even tell you when the diaper is wet and the baby needs changing.

Mobileye’s most complex autonomous drive

As opposed to the budding startups featured above, Mobileye has been around for nearly two decades (founded in 1999 by Ziv Aviram and Prof. Amnon Shashua); but its newest technologies being showcased at CES this week simply cannot be ignored.

Delphi Automotive and Israeli company Mobileye are presenting their cutting-edge driverless car at the show. Mobileye, which develops vision-based driver assistance systems that help prevent collisions, has contributed its innovative autonomous driving technologies to Delphi’s car.

Last month, the companies said they would hold the “most complex automated drive ever publicly demonstrated” in Las Vegas. The drive will tackle everyday driving challenges like highway mergers, congested city streets with pedestrians, cyclists and a tunnel.

Additionally, Mobileye, BMW and Intel announced at CES today that they will have 40 autonomous test vehicles on the roads by the second half of 2017.

http://nocamels.com/2017/01/israeli-technologies-startups-ces-2017/